Portobello Harbour

Portobello Harbour

  • Portobello Harbour

  • <p>Sitting and relaxing along the canal is a favourite passtime, to reconnect with nature and watch the world go by. The canal has a suprising amount of wildlife for a city, including many swans and some threatened species.</p>
  • <p>The swans by the canal have become so fearless of humans that they have started nesting in places in full sight right by the towpath. Residents put up signs to ask passersby to give the swans a wide berth while nesting.</p>
  • <p>Now a Language School, this is the former Grand Canal Hotel built in the 1800s. It was home to painter Jack B. Yeats who painted many scenes of this area and of the canal that now rest in museums and private collections around the world</p>
  • <p>Swans on the Canal - peas and birdseed please !</p>
  • <p>Harbour Developments - So whats going on ?  Well they are building a large hotel right here on the canal. Because of this half of the public square has been taken by the contractors so it makes this part of the canal a little noisy at times. The square is to be redeveloped once the hotel is complete to enhance the area for all. </p>

Portobello Harbour Social

  • <p>Catch the rays and sit outside the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/people/The-Lower-Deck-Portobello-/100027792356503/"> Lower Deck Pub Facebook</a> This traditional pub serves a good Guinness along with other beer such as the Five Lamps larger.</p>
  • <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/people/The-Lower-Deck-Portobello-/100027792356503/">The Lower Deck</a> is home to chat and live gigs downstairs at the weekends including Karaoke nights at the weekends.</p>
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The Historic Harbour

  • <p>In the 1960s the canal transported coal to the city for CIE, the boys are helping with the lock gates. Notice the old style bus going across the canal in the backgournd. </p>
  • <p>Burning Tar Barrels in the canal in celebration of Charles Stewart Parnells release from prison along with two others which inched Ireland closer to Home Rule, but was ultimately unsuccessful. From The Graphic,a London magazine, 1882.</p>
  • <p>Sketch of Harbour 1800s with two small jetties for boats to on load and off load. You can see the spires of both St. Kevins churches on the horizon along with a warehouse. The rest of the background is of trees from the orchard and pleasure gardens with land belonging to the Bishops house which extended to Clambrassil Street..</p>
  • <p>This 1800s canal sketch shows the tree lined canal prior to the cities development.</p>